Girl Can’t Ref a Boys’ Game… Because Jesus Said So

This is bigotry on account of ignorance on account of religion:

The Kansas State High School Activities Association said referees reported that Michelle Campbell was preparing to officiate at St. Mary’s Academy near Topeka on Feb. 2 when a school official insisted that Campbell could not call the game.

The reason given, according to the referees: Campbell, as a woman, could not be put in a position of authority over boys because of the academy’s beliefs.

At least some people have a brain in Kansas. Campbell’s co-referee (a male) walked off the court with her. Another ref was called in to take their place:

Fred Shockey, who was getting ready to leave the gym after officiating two junior high games, said he was told there had been an emergency and was asked to stay and officiate two more games.

“When I found out what the emergency was, I said there was no way I was going to work those games,” said Shockey, who spent 12 years in the Army and became a ref about three years ago. “I have been led by some of the finest women this nation has to offer, and there was no way I was going to go along with that.”

Shockey did eventually officiate the game, though.

Is the Activities Association going to take action against the private school? They can’t change the school’s policies but they can do something:

Gary Musselman, the association’s executive director, said the organization will not make a decision until it confirms whether St. Mary’s Academy has a policy of not allowing female referees to work boys basketball games.

If that is indeed the school’s written policy, Musselman said, the association could decide to remove St. Mary’s Academy from the list of approved schools and take away its ability to compete against the association’s more than 300 member schools.

St. Mary’s Academy officials declined comment when contacted by The Associated Press on Wednesday.

“We view officials not as male or female, Hispanic or African-American or Asian-American. We view officials as officials,” Musselman said. “Discrimination against our officials is something we can’t be party to.”

Can’t wait to hear the school’s explanation for this one…

(Thanks to Kate for the link!)


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  • http://groundedinreality.blogspot.com Bruce

    The reason given, according to the referees: Campbell, as a woman, could not be put in a position of authority over boys because of the academy’s beliefs.

    Seriously??? People still take that literally? Holy cow, I can’t wait to see what they do if Hillary gets elected. Maybe they’ll leave and find another country where they fit in a little bit better. They should ask Bush for some ideas. I hear Afghanistan is wonderful this time of year.

  • http://goliath.mee.nu/ James

    Even though Hillary is behind in the delegate count, you bring up a great point, Bruce. If she were to even get VP, you just know the hissy fits that will be thrown all across this country by these idiots that still insist on following that old crap. Enough to make me laugh my ass off just picturing it.

  • http://psychodiva.blogspot.com psychodiva

    yup- there it is, the last prejudice- that most of the world ignores- can you imagine the outcry if the ref had been a black man? – publicity would have gone around the world and boycotts of games would be happening everywhere- but cos its just another female being discriminated against it barley gets a mention

  • Arlen

    Ignorance will always find a way to thrive, with or without religion.

  • http://heathendad.blogspot.com/ HappyNat

    Wow, that is amazingly dumb, even for Kansas. What do they think of the mothers on the boys in the school? Don’t they have authority over their own children? At least when they aren’t being a good wife cooking and cleaning for the husband.

  • Renacier

    So these boys are going to grow up thinking that women having no power is normal? Way to handicap the next generation, Kansas.

  • valhar2000

    The school’s explanation? Easy! They’ll say “Oh! We are being persecuted! Why does everyone treat us so badly when we are such good people, opressing the innocent and the weak, Dear Lord, in thy mercy!”.

  • stogoe

    yup- there it is, the last prejudice- that most of the world ignores-

    I disagree, psychodiva. Yes, the world by and large ignores gender discrimination, but it is by no means the last prejudice. There are plenty more still out there. Unfortunately.

  • http://limadean.wordpress.com limadean

    All right, I have to say it. I grew up in Kansas and I had a great scientific education. The state has done some stupid stuff, but not everyone from Kansas is like this…
    In fact, I’d argue that the last prejudice in the world is against Kansans…can’t get five feet out of the state without being asked about Dorothy. :)

  • Jen

    Stupid, stupid people. There are so many passages in the Bible that drive me batty, and its things like this: just think what those poor women going to school there are learning. What bullshit.

    This is why it drives me crazy to hear from liberal Christians- “Jesus was the first feminist!” Suuuuure he was. A person who thinks he is going to return from the dead within that generation is really going to focus on social change. And a man 2000 year ago is really more like a 21st century man. I see much more evidence of the same old, same old attitude from the Bible than anything else.

  • http://mindcore.podbean.com mindcore

    Has anyone here wondered how much sexism would lose wind in its sails if the patriarchal religions (which I think is nearly all of them) went away.

    Seriously.

    It does say in the new testament that a woman cannot teach a man. This is another one of those beautifully fascist scriptures in the New Testament. The truth is that we as atheist never have to quote the Old Testament again to make Christianity look bad, the New Testament is ripe with bullshit.

    Its like Sam Harris says, if you tolerate religion at all you have to expect people to follow their sacred texts.

  • http://emergingpensees.com MikeClawson

    Thanks for the heads up Hemant. I’ve passed the article along to my wife so she can rant about it over at the Emerging Women blog. :)

  • Richard Wade

    The irony gets as deep as the bullshit. The place is called Saint MARY’S Academy. Somehow they can worship a female and name their superstition mill after one but can’t let one have any authority over boys. What a bunch of throwbacks. Their extinction is overdue.

  • Claire

    Arlen said,

    Ignorance will always find a way to thrive, with or without religion.

    That is one stupid and pointless platitude. Is it meant to imply that ignorance is simply a human condition, and we should ignore the portions that have a clear cause because we can’t fix it all? That’s charmingly defeatist.

    Is it meant to imply that we should decry the effect but leave the cause alone? Or maybe, just leave this cause alone? That will make certain nothing ever improves.

    These people are sexist and discriminatory because of their religious beliefs. THIS ignorance, at this time and place, would not have thrived without religion. Why shouldn’t we place the blame where it so clearly belongs?

  • http://psychodiva.blogspot.com psychodiva

    I disagree, psychodiva. Yes, the world by and large ignores gender discrimination, but it is by no means the last prejudice. There are plenty more still out there. Unfortunately.

    Yes of course there are loads of other prejudices :) My comment, if read how I meant it to be read was that this is the one that is still being ignored- all other prejudices are recognised to some extent or another- this one tends to be ignored by everybody and dismissed as ‘cultural’ or ‘religious’ nobody puts embargoes onto countries who don’t have equal rights, nobody goes to war over it.

  • http://psychodiva.blogspot.com psychodiva

    Somehow they can worship a female and name their superstition mill after one but can’t let one have any authority over boys.

    because they put that woman where they wanted her first and where they would have all women if they ever got their way

  • http://www.floatingaxhead.com Scott

    Hard to believe such ignorance could be found in Kansas. Okay, maybe not.

  • Lysander aka Rovakur

    Their extinction is overdue.

    Don’t worry – their behavior is deleterious :) Although…we may not live to see them disappear. :|

    This post reminded me of an obsurd site I once heard about, but it’s really off topic from this, so it’s posted it the forum.

  • Siamang

    These people are sexist and discriminatory because of their religious beliefs. THIS ignorance, at this time and place, would not have thrived without religion. Why shouldn’t we place the blame where it so clearly belongs?

    Yes, it is clear that this is throwback behavior, which seems to happen a lot in religious groups.

    The rest of western society moved on from this about 50 to 100 years ago. Meanwhile Saudi Arabia is threatening to behead a woman as a witch.

    It is clear that religions create a diversity of experimental cultural microcosms. They have an analog to the darwinian process. I wish some of these could be selected out of the societal genepool.

    We need to propose new selection pressures. We need to fulment a culture of skepticism.

  • Dzho

    “I have been led by some of the finest women this nation has to offer, and there was no way I was going to go along with that.”

    Gotta love it!!

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  • ellen

    Having read this odious article I am withholding donations to the church. WOMEN WAKE UP. The submission of women continues because WE ALLOW IT


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